|This article is about a/an pop group whose members have appeared in the Kamen Rider Series.|
AKB48 is an all-Japanese theater/idol group produced by Yasushi Akimoto. Unlike other idol groups in Japan, AKB48 is theater-based and have their own theater in Akihabara (a district in Tokyo) where they perform once every weekday, and more than once on both Saturday and Sunday. The theater is set up on the 8th floor of Don Quijote. Some of the title songs released as a single have been made a tie-in song for a television show or a television advertisement. The name derives from a shortened, Romanized representation of 'Akihabara'. AKB48 currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the “Pop group with the most amount of members”.
AKB48 is divided into three teams: Team A, Team K, and Team B. The number on each team varies over time and had reached a total of over 200 members, including Japan sister groups; not including Research Students and overseas sister groups.
Five of their members have appeared in the Kamen Rider Franchise. Tomomi Kasai and Tomomi Itano play Queen & Elizabeth which is also a sub-unit of the group. Reina Fujie played Eriko Aida in Kamen Rider W’s Hyper Battle DVD. Narumi Kuranoo, made a cameo appearance in Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: True Ending. Former member Mariya Nagao portrayed Yui Mabuchi in Kamen Rider Build NEW WORLD: Kamen Rider Cross-Z. Other members have appeared in various Tokusatsu shows and films as well.
SKE48 and NGT48, sister groups of AKB48, also have members appear in the series. Former SKE48 member Rena Matsui portrayed Ryoka Saiga in Kamen Rider Build: Be The One, while NGT48 members Riko Sugahara and Anju Satō made a guest appearance in Kamen Rider Ex-Aid’s 36th episode as Kamen Rider Chronicle customers.
- Tomomi Itano - Queen (Kamen Rider W)
- Tomomi Kasai - Elizabeth (Kamen Rider W)
- Reina Fujie - Eriko Aida (Kamen Rider W: Donburi's α/Farewell Beloved Recipe)
- Ai Yamamoto - Riko Nozotsuki (Kamen Rider Amazons Season 2)
- Narumi Kuranoo - Schoolgirl (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: True Ending)
- Mariya Nagao - Yui Mabuchi (Kamen Rider Build NEW WORLD: Kamen Rider Cross-Z)
- AKB48 at Wikipedia.